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Positive Behaviors Supports and Response to Intervention at Howell Road School

At Howell Road School we are using programs that are supported by research and best practices to help students succeed socially and academically. We have been using the PBIS program (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) to teach all students positive behaviors, which we highlight throughout the year. We teach these skills through the use of Fall Kick-Off assemblies, distributing Howell Owls for following positive behavioral expectations and other booster events to teach and reinforce positive behaviors.

At Howell, our positive positive expectations are to be Safe, Respectful Responsible and Caring. PBIS has been demonstrated to be effective at reducing behavior difficulties in schools across the nation. This program emphasizes positive, preventive and proactive school-wide practices that are evidence-based to promote social and behavioral competency in children and to enhance a positive learning environment.

The use of Response to Intervention is also being used at Howell and District-wide to provide evidence-based academic supports and practices throughout school. We use high quality school-wide instruction for everyone (Tier I), additional support and progress monitoring for some (Tier II) and more intensive support for those needing more support (Tier III).

PTA PBIS Announcements 1/7/13

1. We are having a PBIS assembly this week on Friday. This is a booster session to remind students of our positive behavioral and academic expectations at Howell.

2. We will announce a Howell Olympics where students will earn points as part of a class and school-wide team for various academic and behavioral challenges, such as 100 % HW completion.

3. We will also kick off our Wise Owls. We have been using Howell Owls for behavioral expectations for many years. These Wise Owls are focused on academic expectations.

4. Dr. Weisz, our school psychologist, will be presenting at the National Association of School Psychologists in Seattle in February on how schools and families can work together as we do at Howell to enhance positive school environments for students, using PBIS and RTI.

5. Sangeeta Pandit has joined our PBIS team as a very enthusiastic parent member. We welcome the input and participation of all of our parents to help support our positive behavioral and academic expectations at Howell.



January 2013 PBIS Booster
On January 11, using PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Howell Road School staff excited students about our school-wide positive behavior and learning program. We had a school-wide PBIS booster assembly where we reinforced our school-wide expectations for safe, respectful, responsible and caring behavior, using the evidence-based and nationally popular school improvement program (Howell's 10thyear using the program).

At this booster assembly, we introduced the Wise Owls, which will be awarded to students for using high level vocabulary. The Wise Owls are a new kind of Owl to add to our traditional PBIS Howell Owls for following our behavioral expectations. In addition, Mr. Olsen introduced the Howell Olympics, dividing the school into two teams (Green and White). He explained that teams will earn points by completing H.W., getting class Owls and other class-wide and school-wide events and activities. Students and staff were enthusiastic about these initiatives.

Using PBIS, we explicitly teach and use practices and routines that encourage positive learning and social behaviors.


November 2011/February 2012
We continue to implement PBIS practices at Howell Road, which is an evidence-based approach that supports positive behaviors, effective responses to behavior, social skills development, enhanced climate in school and between home and school.

Dr. Weisz presented at the NY Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Psychologists on the topic of Using PBIS to help schools become more culturally and linguistically diverse. Visit the NYASP website for many materials and resources for parents and educators - website address: http://nyasp.org/

School Psychology News

Last week was School Psychology Awareness week. Dr. Weisz has been working with the PBIS team to help improve overall school climate, improve behavior and enhance teacher practices that promote positive social development in children. In addition, Dr. Weisz has been involved in professional activities related to advancing the goals of school psychology, to help support children, families and schools.

In October, Dr. Weisz presented at the annual NY Association for School Psychologist's conference about research and suggestions for using Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports to help schools be more response to culturally and linguistically diverse students. He reviewed the importance of school communities to focus on diversity and to improve interactions between home and school. He talked about the use of PBIS and other best practices at Howell Road and was very well received. He will also present on the same topic this spring at the National Association of School Psychologists.

Dr. Weisz is updating his webpage which can be found on the District website, under Howell Road School, Staff List and then his name.

This website describes the use of PBIS at Howell Road School to improve school climate, teach behavior and support children at various levels of needs. The program works with reinforcement from staff, parents and fellow students.

He also has parent and teacher resources on other relevant subjects on this site, as well.

November 3, 2010
This website will now include additional resources, which may be useful to staff and parents in the District. In addition to PBIS resources, look for various evidence-based, educational and parenting resources related to helping children.

September 17, 2010
We are kicking off our school-wide positive behavior and supports program with an assembly. We will teach the importance of everyone knowing our expectations and following them in all settings of the school. The four expectations of safety, respect, responsibility and caring help make Howell a wonderful place to learn.

June 4, 2010 Howell Road PBIS Website

The Howell Road PBIS Website is part of a school-wide, evidence-based, program that improves school systems and student functioning. The basis of PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is to follow a logical problem-solving model using data to drive decisions, including a wide range of viewpoints and input, yet always using those approaches that have been tested and shown to be effective at improving school climate, reducing problem behaviors and improving positive behaviors.

The PBIS team has been meeting for 7 years to improve positive expectations and behaviors school-wide.

We have incorporated the ideas and talents of classroom teachers, parents, students, various special area and non-teaching staff members, administrators and representatives from other interested parties, representing State Education, Board of Cooperative Education Services, and University based researchers and Parent Advocacy.

We welcome all input. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the PBIS team (Mr. Huplosky, Dr. Weisz, Mr. Olsen or Ms. Barnick (PBIS Website Designers).


October 21, 2009 - Launching the Howell Road PBIS Website
The Howell Road PBIS Website is being built as part of a school-wide, evidence-based, program that improves school systems and student functioning. The basis of PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is to follow a logical problem-solving model using data to drive decisions, including a wide range of viewpoints and input, yet always using those approaches that have been tested and shown to be effective at improving school climate, reducing problem behaviors and improving positive behaviors. The PBIS team has been meeting for 7 years to review how our school functions as a system that supports positive social and academic behaviors and how it can function more positively and effectively.
We have incorporated the ideas and talents of classroom teachers, parents, students, various special area and non-teaching staff members, administrators and representatives from other interested parties, representing State Education, Board of Cooperative Education Services, University based researchers and Parent Advocacy.


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